Lib Dems push for the green vote: what does their manifesto say?
The Liberal Democrats like to be seen as the greenest of the three major parties, but do their claims stack up?Below is what their manifesto has to say on climate change, pollution and a green economy.
Tackling climate change
Climate change is the greatest challenge facing this generation. Liberal Democrats are unwavering in our commitment: runaway climate change must be stopped, and politicians must follow the science in order to make that happen.
We will set a target for a zero-carbon Britain that doesn't contribute at all to global warming - making the British economy carbon-neutral overall by 2050, reducing carbon emissions in the UK by over 40 per cent of 1990 levels by 2020 as a step on the way.
Our response to climate change will give the British people more secure energy supplies, reduce air pollution and related health costs - and create thousands of new jobs.
Liberal Democrats will:
Leading the fight against climate change
Liberal Democrats are committed to securing a legally binding global agreement on limiting the increase in global temperatures to below 1.7 degrees Celsius. We believe that such an agreement must be based on reducing emissions overall, while equalising emissions between the developed and developing worlds - the principle of contraction and convergence. Strong and credible EU ambition, with effective UK leadership, are essential for achieving a global agreement, so that total greenhouse gas emissions peak no later than 2015. Liberal Democrats will work within Europe and internationally to give renewed urgency to global efforts to combat climate change.
We will press the EU to:
Protecting the global environment
Humans are living beyond the ability of the planet to support life; more than 60 per cent of the basic ecosystems that support life on Earth are being degraded or used unsustainably. Co-ordinated international action and effective global institutions are necessary to help create a sustainable future and improve the quality of life of all the world's citizens.
Liberal Democrats will:
Creating jobs that last
The new economy must be very different from the old if it is to be sustainable, not just financially, but environmentally too. If we start now, Britain can leadthe new green economy that the world needs. We recognise that strong businesses create and sustain jobs and a Liberal Democrat government will support them in doing so.
Liberal Democrats will begin our term in offi ce with a one-year job creation and green economic stimulus package. We have identifi ed £3.1 billion of public spending that can be used to create 100,000 jobs. This programme will be a fi rst step towards our target for a zero-carbon Britain by 2050.
Our green stimulus plan will create 100,000 jobs. It comprises:
The Lib Dem manifesto can be viewed in full here.
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